22 September 2014

Any Updates on Raps vs Alleged Rapist Using GMA7 Car?

QCPD Kamuning
Last year, charges of abduction and attempted rape were filed against a man in Quezon City whom police had identified by tracking down the car he was using. The suspect allegedly seized his teenage victim on 1 July 2013 while using a red Honda Jazz once registered to GMA7 network.

Jose Carlo Rosales, a resident of Project 2 and a brother of a GMA employee, was positively identified by his alleged victim when the latter was shown a set of photos, according to the Quezon City Police District.

The QCPD’s Kamuning station said the minor, a 13-year-old student of Ramon Magsaysay High School in Cubao, was able to remember the license plate—ZRD-461—of the red car driven by the man who grabbed and tried to rape her on July 1.

No reports or updates were heard ever since except for this official statement from GMA7 on 5 July 2013:
”There have been recent reports of an alleged rape attempt on a 13-year old female student involving an unidentified man aboard a vehicle registered to GMA Network. GMA Network has not yet received any copy of the complaint. But the Network wishes to clarify that the ownership of the vehicle was already transferred to a female employee of a subsidiary of the Network in January 2013.

It was also mentioned in the reports that the Network’s security refused entry to the police investigators. The Network has a standard protocol concerning such matters and this was simply followed by its security personnel. The police investigators – who were then in civilian clothing and did not present any legal document pertaining to the alleged case – were denied entry into the GMA premises following security protocol. Nevertheless, upon verification, they were provided information as to the identity of the female employee. And they were even able to talk to said employee that very same day. Rest assured that the Network has been cooperating with the authorities for the speedy resolution of this issue."

Butch S. Raquel
Consultant to the Chairman and CEO for
Corporate Communications
At this time it is not clear if any monetary arrangements were made between the victim and the suspect, but it appears that some media personnel wants this issue to stay hush-hush.


20 September 2014

Lesbian Relationship Makes Cameroon Diaz Puke

Cameroon Diaz and Drew Barrymore
Almost everyone following the career of 41-year old Cameron Diaz knows that she and actress Drew Barrymore are the best of friends. However, when somebody asked her a few months ago what she thinks on having a lesbian relationship with her fellow Charlie's Angels star, Diaz said that it would be like "having sex with my sister".

"Some media outlet called for a comment [after Drew gave birth to her second daughter in April] and they wanted to know whether I as with Drew,' she explained to the US edition of Harper’s Bazaar. "Literally, I said, 'That makes me want to vomit in my mouth.' That's like saying I'm having sex with my sister. Are you crazy? I wouldn't even ménage with her!"

The Charlie’s Angels actresses have been best friends for years but rumours that they were more than pals escalated after Cameron claimed in an interview earlier this year that all women have been attracted to another female at some point in their lives. However the blonde beauty insists that their love for each other is purely platonic and it would be ludicrous to think otherwise.

While the 41-year-old found the idea of a same-sex relationship with Drew hilarious, she has a "never say never" approach to having an experience with a woman. This is partly down to the fact that she wouldn’t want anyone to take her view so literally that it would impede on their own life.

"Everybody tries things and sees things and checks them out, and either walks away or walks further in," she explained. "It's life - it's what people do. I'm not going to tell people what I've done, but I'm also not going to say, "No! I would never!" If I said that, I'd be shaming myself and shaming other people's choices. I don't want to add any stigma to someone's choice."


19 September 2014

Classes Suspended in NCR

Storm Signal Advisory
Tropical storm Mario (Fung-Wong) is expected to make landfall in Cagayan later in the afternoon, but early morning rains have already forced the suspension of classes in some parts of Metro Manila and other areas for Friday.

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas in Northern Luzon are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Here are the areas that have suspended classes so far (as of 5:00 A.M.):
  • Quezon City: No classes in pre-school to high school in public and private schools
  • Marikina City: No classes in all levels, public and private schools
  • Rizal: No classes in all levels, public and private schools
  • Batangas province: No classes in pre-school to high school, public and private schools
  • Malabon: No classes in all levels, public and private schools
  • Pasay City: No classes in all levels, public and private schools
  • San Juan: No classes in all levels, public and private schools
  • Taguig City: No classes in all levels, private and public schools
  • University of Sto. Tomas: No classes in all levels and no office work
  • Caloocan City. No classes from pre-school to high school, public and private
  • Mandaluyong. No classes from pre-school to high school, public and private
  • Muntinlupa: No classes all levels, public and private schools
  • Navotas: No classes all levels, public and private schools
  • Las Pinas: No classes from pre-school to elementary levels only, public and private
Outside Metro Manila, the following areas are covered by Signal number 2:
  • Cagayan
  • Calayan
  • Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Isabela
  • Kalinga
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
Meanwhile, signal number 1 is hoisted over:
  • Catanduanes
  • Aurora
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • Mt. Province
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Batanes


17 September 2014

Huffington Post's Autism Claim is Not Credible

Vaccine Syringe
Everyone knew that The Huffington Post has already received several recognitions since it was launched in May 2005 as a commentary outlet for the liberals and as an alternative to news aggregators.

As a result of its popularity, the online blog founded by Arianna Huffington received thousands of information that features news, blogs, and original content that covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women's interests, and local news.

However, the loose way of scanning through all those submissions from its contributors have also risen to allegations that The Huffington Post is actually supporting pseudo-sciences and spreads unsubstantiated findings from its so-called spin doctors and self-proclaimed experts.

In 2011, Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald of The Huffington Post claimed that there is a strong link between vaccinations and autism. Fitzgerald writes, "The autism-vaccine link is being studied because there are actual concerns that warrant these studies. Some studies support the use of certain vaccines, while other studies do not. Often there are conflicts of interest within studies. It can make anybody's head spin trying to sort through these studies."

Peter Lipson, an internist who specializes in the prevention and treatment of illness, does not agree with this observation. Given that the vaccine-autism links are widely rejected by the scientific and medical community, this "two-sideism," as Lipson calls it, is infuriating.

"It is irresponsible and it's immoral," he said. "They're allowed to write whatever they want – I make that clear. But they should show some editorial fortitude that there are some lines that you shouldn't cross. It's an ideological problem."

Lipson and one other blogger have also gone after the credibility of "Dr." Patricia Fitzgerald, a " licensed acupuncturist, certified clinical nutritionist, and a homeopath," who has received a "Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Doctorate in Homeopathic Medicine."

Fitzgerald, to the science bloggers' disdain, also happens to be the Huffington Post's "wellness" editor.

"Part of it is a misrepresentation of qualifications," Lipson told dailykos.com. "They started putting the word 'Dr' in front of everyone's name – more or less for anyone who has a doctorate in something or other – and Patricia Fitzgerald claims to have a doctorate in homeopathy, whatever that is. Homeopathy is a completely discredited fantasy. When you give that kind of credibility – I mean first you invite them to a well-known mainstream outlet, you let them call themselves a doctor when they're not really qualified, and then you let them interview other people and present them as professionals – it just layers on and layers on."


16 September 2014

Video of 'Hero' Saving a Hostaged Girl in Surigao

Hostage Taking in Surigao
This country has been rocked by several criminal incidents whose perpetrators are the same people tasked to defend the public: police authorities.

However, what is worse than the police committing the crime themselves is if they are not doing anything at all when the crime is committed in front of their eyes. Also unforgivable, is if they let a civilian do what they are supposed to do and take the risk at the same time, as seen in the video below.

If some people think that it is only in the movies that you see police arrive late at the scene of the crime, then they better think again. It happens in real life, especially in Surigao, Philippines.

Fortunately, there are still a few honourable people living among us who are willing to do the dirty work, while police stood nearby and let the actions unfold while they continuously blew their whistles inside their motorcycle helmets. This incident was captured by amateur cameras and the video was uploaded in Youtube last 11 September 2014.

The video shows a hostage taker holding a young girl at knife-point in front of a store while several bystanders are helplessly looking on. It was unknown why the man (who looked like he was on his 40s) took the girl as hostage but a lot of people have already gathered, watching the live action nervously.

Despite the presence of the police and several bystanders, the man continued to tightly hold the child on one arm while the other had a knife to her neck. Helpless, all the police could do was wait, which is what they are good for nowadays, for the man to change his mind or find the right moment to make their move.

Several men who were in green-and-yellow uniform, believed to be employees of the store, were standing just a few feet away from the hostage taker, but these able-bodied men could not endanger the child’s life so they chose to wait for the situation to improve, too.

Amateur photographer Matteo Menesis was standing a couple of feet away from the hostage taker and he was able to get a clear cellphone video of the drama as it unfolds in front of the store.

When the hostage taker was momentarily distracted, a quick-thinking store employee (definitely an unnamed hero) grabbed the chance to jump on the man and pushed the knife away from the child’s neck. Emboldened by this store employee’s actions, the rest of the bystanders immediately took action, joining the first man in the fray as he wrestled the hostage taker.

The next few seconds was a melee of bodies before the little girl was seen in the arms of another store worker and a woman, most likely her relative. Although crying and visibly shaken by her ordeal, the girl looked alright and unharmed.

Police officers broke the scuffle apart, but it took them a couple more seconds to free the hostage taker from the angry mob. The man had some cuts and bruises, but was otherwise fine. The police handcuffed him and took him to the precinct. And that’s how the taxpayer’s money was spent by the police as part of their job protecting the public.